05/29/15 1:21pm

Fridays are Rule 5 days, so we scanned the local Alexandria, Virginia area blogs to find the most interesting stories in them you might have missed. Please show our fellow local bloggers some link love!

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05/29/15 12:07pm

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Beyer, Kaine, Norton to Hold Press Conference Monday

Senator Mark Warner (VA), Senator Tim Kaine (VA), Delegate Eleanor Holmes-Norton (DC) and Congressman Don Beyer (VA-8) called for stronger federal infrastructure investment, citing the closure of yet a second lane on the iconic and congested Arlington Memorial Bridge as the latest evidence of federal neglect.

“There is nothing more emblematic of Congress’ failure to invest in our nation’s infrastructure than the bridge that brings people into our nation’s capital, a national memorial, falling apart.  Memorial Bridge has already been labeled ‘structurally deficient’ and one lane was closed just last week due to safety and infrastructure concerns. Today, we have news that another lane will be shut down.  It’s time for Congress to stop kicking the can down the road and pass a federal transportation bill to rebuild our nation’s infrastructure, starting right here in DC,” said Rep. Beyer.

The National Park Service (NPS) announced yesterday that it will close a second lane of traffic on the bridge, which stretches from Arlington National Cemetery to the Lincoln Memorial and is a major artery across the Potomac.  The rush hour effects of the six-month closures will be dramatic.

“Unlike other infrastructure, NPS roads and bridges like the Arlington Memorial Bridge are 100 percent funded by the federal government, and there are almost no alternative sources of funds for maintenance and improvements other than federal funds.  With a cost of up to $250 million to replace the Memorial Bridge, it is no wonder that NPS is unable to do this work when it only receives $15 to $20 million for its transportation projects in the National Capital Region and only $240 for the entire nation.  Our region must offer leadership and work with Members of Congress as far away as the western states that are also deeply affected.  Beginning with our region, we must create a coalition of Members of the House and Senate determined to begin the uphill climb of rescuing priceless and essential federal assets like the Memorial Bridge that bring millions to the states by providing everything from workplace corridors to tourist sites,” said Del. Norton.

Nearly 68,000 vehicles cross the 83-year-old bridge on a typical work day.   The cost to fully repair the bridge is estimated at more than $250 million over several months. Memorial Bridge is just one of more than 70,000 US bridges deemed “structurally deficient.”

“Today’s announcement that we have to close yet another lane of the Memorial Bridge highlights the decrepit state of our infrastructure,” said Senator Kaine. “This additional lane closure will cause unbearable congestion and delays for the approximately 68,000 drivers who use the Memorial Bridge to travel between Virginia and Washington every day. Today’s frustrating news represents a nationwide issue. It’s estimated that there are 4,800 structurally deficient or functionally obsolete bridges in Virginia alone. It’s time to stop kicking the can down the road and address our nation’s crumbling infrastructure by passing a bipartisan, long-term transportation bill.”

“How can Congress fail to act while the Memorial Bridge – which is not only a vital artery for local commuters, but also the entrance to our nation’s capital ­– is literally falling apart? This is not just embarrassing – it’s outrageous,” said Sen. Warner. “We have to get serious about fixing and upgrading our roads, bridges, ports and other infrastructure. Until that happens, Virginia commuters will be stuck sitting in even more traffic – and crumbling and inefficient infrastructure will remain a serious drag on our economic growth.”

Senator Kaine, Del. Norton, and Rep. Beyer will join NPS Director Jon Jarvis to host a press conference at Memorial Bridge following Monday morning’s rush hour at 12:00 pm. 

(Photo by Mariordo (Mario Roberto Durán Ortiz) via Wikimedia Commons)

05/29/15 11:11am

Ace Hardware on South Washington Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Remember to shop LOCAL!

As readers know, America’s most celebrated “helpful place” is under new ownership in Old Town Alexandria. The new store owners of Old Town Ace, located at 809 S Washington Street will bring the company’s unique blend of personal, knowledgeable and helpful service paired with quality home maintenance expertise and products to Alexandria residents.

Old Town Ace is the tenth store opened by local residents and owners Gina Schaefer and Marc Friedman. Schaefer intends to bring new life to the store by specifically catering to the needs and interests of their neighbors in the Alexandria community, including solutions to everyday home maintenance needs, as well as an extensive array of high quality products in categories such as paint, and lawn and garden. “Our mission is to provide customers with the neighborly advice and assistance they have come to expect from Ace,” says Schaefer, the new owner of Old Town Ace. “We look forward to becoming a helpful and valuable neighbor to the community, both inside and outside the walls of our store.”

The 8000 square foot store is packed with thousands of essential products and supplies, including some of the most respected brand names and best-selling items to help people take care of their homes. Key product offerings include paint, lawn and garden, hardware, electrical, plumbing, automotive and home décor. The grand opening festivities will include a re-opening party with a big sale, snacks, and giveaways.

To learn more about the store’s grand opening and celebratory event, customers can join the store’s Founding Members email list by sending a message to founder@acehardwaredc.com. Be sure to ‘Like’ them on Facebook at this link.

Old Town Ace Hardware Store Information:

  • Store Hours: Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Address & Phone: 809 S Washington St. Alexandria, VA (703) 879-0475
  • Store Management: Nate Duncan Store Manager; Mark Tantillo Assistant Manager
05/29/15 10:43am

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05/29/15 9:47am

Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of May 29-31 with track work and service adjustments on five of six rail lines beginning at 10:00 PM Friday (5/29) and continuing through system closing on Sunday.

This weekend, Yellow Line trains will operate regular weekend service between Huntington & Fort Totten. Green Line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals between College Park and Branch Avenue stations; buses will replace trains at Greenbelt Station. Orange, Silver and Blue line trains will operate every 26 minutes and Red Line trains will operate every 10-20 minutes (see below for details).


05/29/15 9:37am

Metro Transit Police (MTPD) detectives this week arrested Jerez Nehemiah Stone-Coleman (aka Kidd Cole) on charges of making terrorist threats against Metro stations, buses and trains in the Washington, D.C., area.

Stone-Coleman was arrested by MTPD officers and detectives Wednesday morning at his residence in the 1600 block of Fort Davis Place, SE, in Washington, D.C.

According to the Criminal Complaint in United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Stone-Coleman is alleged to have “knowingly [conveyed] false information concerning an attempt or alleged attempt to engage in terrorist attacks or other violence against mass transportation systems,” in violation of 18 U.S.C. § (a)(9).


05/29/15 9:22am

Here’s the latest Alexandria Virginia crime report. These are incidents reported by the Alexandria Police Department and published in the weekly Washington Post Alexandria/Arlington Extra.

REMINDER: You can track these crimes yourself using the new RAIDSOnline.com database. You can also view the crime map 24/7 through this link.